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Academic & Institutional Scholarships

Lander University provides several scholarships each year. A limited number of merit-based scholarships are offered to entering freshmen and transfer students. Awards are based on merit and are dependent upon available funding. The University will determine the merit criteria and the number of scholarships to be awarded annually.

Lander University provides merit-based scholarships each year to entering freshmen. Qualifying high school seniors who apply by May 1 of their senior year are automatically considered.


2024-2025 Requirements

President's Award

  • ACT or SAT Score & Weighted GPA
    30-36 ACT
    1360+ SAT
    & 3.5 GPA
  • In-State Award
  • Out-of-State Award
    $4,000/year, plus $9,600 abatement


Trustee's Award

  • ACT or SAT Score & Weighted GPA
    26-29 ACT
    1230-1350 SAT
    & 3.5 GPA
  • In-State Award
  • Out-of-State Award
    $3,000/year, plus $9,600 abatement


Provost's Award

  • ACT or SAT Score & Weighted GPA
    22-25 ACT
    1100-1220+ SAT
    & 3.5 GPA
  • In-State Award
  • Out-of-State Award
    $2,000/year, plus $7,200 abatement


Dean's Award

  • ACT or SAT Score & Weighted GPA
    20-21 ACT
    1030-1090 SAT
    & 3.5 GPA
  • In-State Award
  • Out-of-State Award
    $500/year, plus $4,800 abatement

*Students with only unweighted GPAs must have at least a 3.0 GPA. If high school GPA is weighted, weighted GPA must be used to determine eligibility.

A limited number of scholarships may be awarded to transfer students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better with at least 12 post high school credit hours earned, but no more than 90 attempted hours. To be considered, a student must have earned at least 67% of all attempted hours and must enroll as a full-time student at Lander.


  • 3.0 GPA or Higher - $2,000 annually
  • 2.7-2.99 GPA - $1,000 annually

Lander University has welcomed many generations of family members who have proudly shared the Lander experience – and we want to help you continue your Lander legacy with a scholarship offered exclusively for children and grandchildren of our alumni. Qualifying students receive $500 in scholarship assistance at Lander University each semester, renewable for up to seven (7) additional semesters, for a total scholarship award of $4,000. To renew, recipients must maintain full-time status and be in good standing with the university.

To be eligible for the Alumni Heritage Scholarship, students must:

  • be the child or grandchild (biological or adopted) of a Lander University alumnus/alumna, and complete the Alumni Heritage Scholarship Application 
  • be eligible for admission to Lander as either a first-time freshman or entering transfer student for the semester in which they apply for the scholarship.
  • apply for admission to Lander University, be admitted, and submit all enrollment/housing forms and deposits by August 1.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an internationally recognized Honor Society that encourages academic achievement and provides opportunities for college students to grow as scholars and leaders. Members of Phi Theta Kappa transferring to Lander are eligible for a scholarship open exclusively to PTK members in good standing. The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship recognizes and rewards qualified transfer undergraduate students for their academic achievement.

To be eligible for the PTK Scholarship, you must be an active member of PTK and be transferring into Lander with at least 12 post high school credit hours. Please submit a copy of an active PTK membership card to the Office of Financial Aid.

Award amount $1,000/year. All PTK scholarship recipients also qualify for the highest Lander Transfer scholarship ($2,000/year). Thus these students will receive scholarships totaling $3,000/year.

The PTK Scholarship is renewable by remaining in good standing with the University

Lander University recognizes and appreciates diversity in all forms. Lander has established a Diversity Scholarship Program that will award $1000 to up to 10 incoming freshmen and transfer students each fall. The scholarships are renewable and will be awarded based on:

  1. Scholarship application
  2. Academic Profile
  3. Demonstrated financial need


Application Deadline: April 1

Departmental Scholarships

Many academic departments provide scholarships for students studying in a particular discipline. An application is required to determine eligibility. Departmental scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the academic department. Departmental scholarships may reduce other Lander institutional aid. Scholarship applications open November 1 to continuing students and October 1 to new students. 


Full Listing of Departmental Scholarships

Apply for Departmental Scholarships



Graduate Scholarships

Your investment in and your commitment to your graduate education do not have to overwhelm you with a large financial burden. Assistance for your educational costs is available from many different sources. This aid includes university-funded assistantships, institutional scholarships, and federal assistance.

Individuals may receive only one Lander graduate scholarship. Students who have accepted Graduate Assistantship positions are not eligible for Lander graduate scholarships.

Students who have earned a master’s degree from Lander University and wish to seek a second master’s degree may receive a scholarship equivalent to the full cost of tuition for the final two courses of the second master’s degree.

To be eligible for the LU Second Master’s Degree Scholarship, students must:

  • Have earned their 1st master’s degree from Lander
  • Be in good standing with the university and have no financial holds on their account

Complete the application before the start of their final two courses. (not at the start of the program).

Lander University is making two scholarships available to students entering the university's MBA program:

  • The Lander MBA Scholarship will award up to $2,000 to individuals on the basis of need.
  • The Lander MBA Alumni Scholarship will award up to $1,000 to individuals who are Lander alumni.

Individuals may receive only one of these scholarships, not both. Scholarships may be renewed for one additional year.

Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis until all designated funds have been allocated.

Complete the application.

Athletic Scholarships

Athletic awards are available in all intercollegiate sports at Lander. Students may receive up to full-tuition/room/board in athletic grants-in-aid. Eligibility requirements include athletic talent, academic status, physical condition, and NCAA Division II eligibility. To learn more about athletic scholarships/grants-in-aid, students should contact the Office of Athletics (864-388-8314).
  • Dr. Walter G. Bishop Scholarship
  • Finkbeiner Athletic Scholarship
  • Louise Hodges Hartzog Scholarship
  • Finis E. Horne Scholarship
  • Ralph and Grace Norman Scholarship
  • Luanne Wentzky Scholarship
  • Annie Lease Pitts Scholarship
  • C.Y. Thomason Scholarship
  • Betty Williams Athletic Scholarship
  • Melvin L. Wimmer Athletic Scholarship
  • Randy Bouknight Scholarship
  • Robert “Bob” Lewis Grogan Athletic Scholarship
  • Lindsey Allison Lee Scholarship
  • Robinson/Wilson Baseball Scholarship
  • Michael Williams Baseball Scholarship
  • John Wesley Martin Golf Scholarship
  • Tommy McCalla Athletic Scholarship
  • Riddle Golf Scholarship
  • Rudy Sims Golf Scholarship
  • Don and Cindy Scott Men’s and Women’s Golf Scholarship
  • Don and Audine Bergman Soccer Scholarship
  • Tammy Stoner Sports Media Scholarship
  • Karinna Elise Smith Scholarship
  • Fred Wactor and Myra Greene Baseball Scholarship

State Scholarships

The state of South Carolina provides scholarships to SC students who attend an in-state institution full-time.

Available to South Carolina residents who enroll full-time and meet two of the three following criteria:

  • Have a final high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on the Uniform Grading Scale; or
  • Have an SAT score of 1,100 (ACT of 22); or
  • Rank in the top 30 percent of the student’s high school graduating class;

Annual renewal, transfer and continuing student eligibility require the student to earn at least 30 semester hours for each year of attendance and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

$5,000 per year

Must meet renewal criteria for the LIFE Scholarship (earn an average of 30 hours each year with at least a 3.0 GPA). Available beginning sophomore year and renewable for up to two additional years.

  • During first year in college, must complete at least 14 credit hours in math and science
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Must be enrolled full time and in an approved math/science/health professions degree prior to the beginning of the fall term (visit for eligible programs)

$7,500 per year ($5,000 LIFE + $2,500 Enhancement)

Awarded to entering South Carolina resident freshmen who have a final high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on the Uniform Grading Scale.

The HOPE Scholarship is not renewable, but students who earn a 3.0 GPA and 30 hours in the freshman year are eligible to receive the LIFE Scholarship in the second year.

$2,800 for the first year only

The recipients are selected by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. To be considered for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a South Carolina resident; and
  • Have a minimum SAT of 1,200 (or ACT of 25); and
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.50; and
  • Rank in the top 6 percent of the student’s high school graduating class at the end of either the sophomore or the junior year; and
  • Submit an application by the Dec. deadline of the senior year (visit for deadline date each year). Applications are available from your high school.
  • For renewal, students must have a 3.0 Lander GPA (transfer courses do NOT impact the LU GPA) and 30 credit hours EACH academic year (Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment credits do NOT count).  Transfer hours may be used during the same academic year toward the 30 hour requirement even though they do not affect the GPA.

$6,700 per year for freshmen

$7,500 per year for upperclassmen

Must meet renewal criteria for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship (earn 30 hours each year with at least a 3.0 GPA). Available beginning sophomore year and renewable for up to two additional years.

  • During first year in college, must complete at least 14 credit hours in math and science
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Must be enrolled full time and in an approved math/science/health professions degree prior to the beginning of the fall term (visit for eligible programs)

$10,000 per year ($7,500 Palmetto Fellows Scholarship + $2,500 Enhancement)

Provides fellowships for high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their schools and communities, and a desire to teach in South Carolina schools. A fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year for every year he/she receives the fellowship. Interested high school students must apply no later than Dec. 1 of their senior year. Applications are available at your high school.

Visit for more information.

$5,700 for tuition and board and $300 for summer enrichment programs administered by the South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA).

Outside Scholarships

Private resource options for financial assistance. Students are required to report the receipt of any "outside" scholarships to the Financial Aid Office.

The scholarship is sponsored by Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants. This is a $1000 scholarship.

The application process is a 500 to 1000 word essay on a different topic each year. For this years topic please visit the website at

High School Junior and Seniors may apply as well as currently enrolled undergraduate students. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 30. Application Deadline June 19.

The American Chemical Society sponsors scholarship programs for qualified minority applicants who want to enter the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering, and students seeking a two-year degree in chemical technology. The programs are designed to encourage African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian students to pursue undergraduate college degrees in the chemical sciences and chemical technology. The goal of these scholarship programs is to aid in building an awareness of the value and the rewards associated with careers in science and to assist students in acquiring the skills and credentials needed for success in these areas.

The amount of each individual award will depend upon the availability of funding, the number of scholarships awarded, and evidence of financial need. Scholarships will be given up to a maximum of $5,000 per year. The awards in the ACS Scholars Program, as well as those in the co-sponsored programs are renewable.

Applications are available at the ACS website.

Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students provides competitive awards to outstanding full time undergraduate minority students at regionally accredited institutions to encourage their: selection of accounting as a major, entry into the profession and ultimately achieving the CPA designation. For purposes of this program, the AICPA defines minority students as those of Black, Native American, Pacific Island races, or of Hispanic ethnic origin. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. The maximum award is $5,000.

To be eligible for a minority undergraduate scholarship, applicants must:

  • be a declared accounting major (this must be indicated on your transcript) with an overall and accounting grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.3;
  • have satisfactorily completed at least 30 semester hours, or 45 quarter hours, or equivalent college work, including at least six semester hours (or equivalent) in accounting; and
  • be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student (12 semester hours or equivalent) at an accredited institution.

All applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from either a faculty member or a CPA. For more information and an application, go to the Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students site. The Deadline for this application is April 1.

The Archibald Rutledge Scholarship encourages and recognizes academic and artistic excellence. Students compete for scholarships in creative writing, drama, music, and visual arts.

Awards: One-time scholarship - approximately $4,000.

Eligibility: Twelfth-grade students enrolled in a South Carolina public school and planning to attend a state college or university are eligible to participate in the scholarship competition. Jointly produced compositions are not eligible. Students receiving the scholarships must be United States citizens who have attended the state’s public schools for the past two consecutive years. High school student enrollment determines the number of entries a school can enter in each discipline area.

Contact: High School guidance counselor or the State Department of Education at 803-734-8116

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Nursing students who plan to enter a component of the US Army and are enrolled 
    in a program not funded by the US Army.
  2. Nursing students who have previously served in a component of the US Army.
  3. Army Nurse Corps officers in a component of the US Army enrolled in a nursing 
    or other eligible program not funded by the US Army.
  4. Army enlisted soldiers in a component of the US Army enrolled in a nursing 
    program not funded by the US Army.
  5. Nursing students whose parent(s) and/or spouse are or have served in a component of the US Army.

General Info: Scholarships are for $3000 per selected student. There is not a military service requirement for this scholarship. ROTC scholarship recipients are not eligible. Applications can be found at Application Deadline April 1.

Awards: ASCO Numatics will award two $5000 scholarships to graduate or undergraduate engineering students pursuing careers in manufacturing, processing, or other industrial automation related disciplines. Additionally they will make a $1000 grant to the engineering departments of the colleges in which the winners are enrolled.

Eligibility: Must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation discipline at an accredited US educational institution for the current academic year. You must have completed your sophomore years of your bachelor's degree at the time of application. You must have at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a US citizen or legal US resident.

Contact: Applications can be submitted online at by June 30.

All student athletes are eligible to participate in this scholarship program regardless of the sport they are participating in. The student must be a High School Senior or attending a college or university. Applicants must write an essay based on a given topic. The award amount is $500. For more information about the essay and how to apply visit their website at Application Deadline June 24.

C.G. Fuller Foundation scholarship is available to SC residents attending a SC college or university. The scholarship is available to current high school seniors entering the first year of college. Applicants should have a 3.0 GPA, at least 1100 on the SAT, and have a family income under $60,000. Deadline: April 1. An application can be requested from the Lander University Financial Aid Office.

Inquiries can be made at:

C.G. Fuller Foundation c/o Bank of America
PO Box 448
Columbia, SC 29202-0448

The Center for Scholarship Administration, Inc. is an independent, non-profit, scholarship administrative service that, in conjunction with leading businesses, individuals, and trust funds, awards scholarship dollars every year to deserving students. For more information on scholarships available, please see

The Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship program has been established in memory of Charlotte Blackwell, a beloved Self Regional nurse. The Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship will award a scholarship(s) annually to individuals planning to enroll in a certified nursing program at either Lander University or Piedmont Technical College or to a practicing nurse who wishes to advance his or her professional skills at those schools.

The value of the scholarship is $1,000 and the number of scholarships given each year will be determined based on available funding at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

All applications will be accepted through March 31 and the scholarship winners will be announced on May 1.

Click here for an application.

This scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors only who are planning to major in music at a SC college. This scholarship is for voice or instrumental majors and can be retained for four years.

Contact: Marybeth Shelley at (803) 787-7975

This scholarship is designed to assist undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing bachelor level degrees related to Business Management, Information Systems Management, Marketing, Financial, Accounting, Human Resources Management and Entrepreneurship. The scholarship is $1000 awarded annually. Scholarship recipients may reapply for one additional award year. Students must be enrolled full-time. For a list of related majors and an application please visit their website at Application Deadline April 1.

Since 1989, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity has sponsored the Prize in Ethics Contest. The annual competition is intended to challenge undergraduate juniors and seniors in colleges and universities across the United States and Canada to analyze ethical questions and concerns facing them in today's complex society. All students are encouraged to write thought-provoking, personal essays.


  • Must be a registered undergraduate, full-time junior or senior at an accredited college or university in the US or Canada.
  • Essays must be 3000-4000 words, in which students are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues, and identify dilemmas. The essay may take the form of an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, sociological, or theological. Essays may be written in formal or informal voice, but most importantly, and individual voice should be represented within the essay. Essays must be the original, unpublished work of the student and only one essay per student per contest year may be submitted.
  • Students must complete a Contest Entry Form along with their Faculty Sponsor. Any interested professor may act as a Faculty Sponsor and endorse the quality and authenticity of the student's essay.
  • In addition, students must include a letter from the Registrar verifying their full-time enrollment for the Fall semester.

Application forms may be obtained from:

Application Deadline Feb 12.

Casey Family Programs and The Orphan Foundation of American are pleased to announce that applications for college scholarships for students from foster care are now available for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Casey Family Scholars Program will award approximately 75 new scholarships for undergraduate study and career/technical training at accredited institutions and programs. A limited number of graduate school scholarships will also be awarded. Scholarships include support services.

Undergraduate scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit and need, and funding levels are determined based on cost of attendance and other resources. Graduate scholarships are merit-based and provide $10,000 for post-graduate study in any field. Graduate scholarships are renewable for one year.

Questions can be directed to:
Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) --
Tina Raheem at OFA -- (800) 950-4673
John Emerson at Casey Family Programs -- (206) 270-4921

Foundation For The Carolinas manages numerous scholarship funds that provide grants to help students achieve their educational goals. Grants are available for students attending public and private institutions at graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as for private K-12 schools.

Foundation For The Carolinas currently administers 108 scholarship programs. In 2014 the Foundation awarded more than $1.7 million in scholarships to nearly 800 students. Most Foundation For The Carolinas Scholarship Funds use the online application. However, some programs use a paper application, or require that you contact an external school or organization to apply.

We strongly encourage you to review the “How to Apply” section within the online system for each of the programs in which you are interested in applying.

Must currently be a rising Junior or Senior or a graduate student in a four-year college or university in SC. Must be a resident of SC. Need shall be a consideration but not the main criteria. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Should be pursuing an education toward sight, hearing, speech conservation or a related field and must be majoring in one of these areas. $1000 Annual Award. Application Deadline May 1st.

For application, please contact:
Nancy B. Taylor, Chairperson
Scholarship Committee
Greater Columbia Lioness Club
106 Quail Field Road
West Columbia, SC 29170-1321

The Greenwood Housing Authority is accepting applications for the Carolinas Council of Housing, Redevelopment, & Codes Officials (CCHRCO) and South Eastern Regional Council (SERC) Scholarship Program. These scholarships are open to any member of a household who resides in Public Housing or under the Section-8 program and is pursuing a higher education.

Applications must be returned to the Greenwood Housing Authority no later than April 1. Questions or requests for assistance should be directed to Tracy Taylor at (864) 227-3670, ext. 24.

The Greenwood Promise offers financial assistance for Greenwood County students in their junior and senior year of a bachelor's degree program in select majors.

Applicants must be Life Scholarship eligible.

For more information visit our website: or call 864-377-8110.

This scholarship was established to aid women who are seeking a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree. An applicant must be a female resident of Greenwood or surrounding counties, be accepted into an accredited program of study, must be pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree or have a minimum of 60 hours of undergraduate study with a cumulative GAP of 3.0 or higher.

For more information or an application, write to:
Greenwood Women's Forum, c/o Katy Phelan
114 Ashford Place
Greenwood, SC 29646

The Hispanic College Fund is a nationwide, non-profit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Hispanic leaders. HCF accomplishes its mission by awarding scholarships to talented undergraduate students. HCF offers scholarship opportunities to students pursuing majors in business, science, and technology.

All applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizen residing in the 50 states or Puerto Rico
  • An undergraduate student
  • Plan to enroll full-time both fall and spring
  • Applying to or enrolled in a college in the U.S. or Puerto Rico
  • In good academic standing with at least a 3.0 GPA

HCF Business Scholarship--Student must be majoring in business, computer science, engineering, or business-related major. HCF Hispanic Explorers Scholarship--Student must be majoring in science, computer science, engineering, or NASA-related major.

Applications are available online at

Application deadline is April 15th.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund was established in 1975 to help Hispanic-American college students complete their education. All applicants must be:

  • of Hispanic Heritage
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (with permanent resident card)
  • A student at a community college
  • Plan to enroll full-time at a four-year college or university
  • In good academic standing with at least a 3.0 GPA

Applications are available online at

Application deadlines vary based on scholarship program.

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) will award up to $175,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and advanced degree students. The Institute's budget provides $175,000 in financial aid for students through two scholarship programs. IMA student members may be eligible for scholarship awards of up to $5,000. The IMA diversity program offers scholarship opportunities to non-member minority students. Student financial aid administrators can encourage accounting, finance, and information technology students to apply for an IMA scholarship award by obtaining an application at The application, located at the website administration building, describes the various types of scholarship awards, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and the application process.

Applications must be submitted to IMA by February 15. Additional information regarding the scholarship program as well as the location of the nearest IMA student chapter is available via e-mail at or at 800-638-4427 ext. 1543.

The Margaret A. Patrick & W. Don Welch International Trade Scholarship

An applicant must be a rising college junior or senior with a minimum 3.2 GPA and must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Be enrolled in a SC college or university
  2. A SC resident attending any college or university
  3. a student enrolled in a college or university in North Carolina

The selection and ranking criteria are:

  1. Proven interest or experience in international trade or related area, to include work or volunteer experience
  2. Current academic standing and performance
  3. Narrative and letter of recommendation
  4. Honors and extracurricular activities

Visit the website for the application.

Application Deadline May 1.

The J. E. Sirrine Scholarship Program was established through the generosity of the late Joseph Emory Sirrine. Mr. Sirrine left the bulk of his estate as a perpetual memorial to his father and mother to be used to assist deserving graduates of Greenville County public high schools or Greenville County charter high schools.

Students may apply for a $2,000 Sirrine Scholarship by visiting the Sirrine Scholarship Application website.

Sirrine Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of four years for undergraduate study at a two- or four-year institution. Sirrine Scholarships are renewable for a maximum of three (3) years, provided the student maintains satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her program of studies. Renewals are not automatic; the student must reapply each year.

If you have any questions about the Sirrine Scholarship Program, please contact (864) 355-3391 or (864) 355-3392.

Since the first scholarships were awarded by Governor James F. Byrnes in 1949, more than 985 young South Carolinians have been assisted in obtaining a college education.

  1. All applicants must have lost one or both parents by death.
  2. They must also have financial need and a satisfactory scholastic record.
  3. It is important that excellence in character, ability and enterprise be shown to indicate that the individual will make worthwhile contributions to society.
  4. Applicants must plan to pursue a bachelor's degree as scholarships cannot be used at technical schools or for associate degrees.
  5. Application Deadline February 15.

Through a national competition, the Foundation offers James Madison Fellowships to a select group of individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution. The foundation seeks applicants committed to a career in teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary level.

Visit or call 1-800-525-6928

Beginning in 1985-86, Easter Seals of South Carolina began offering Jim and Mary Pearce Scholarships from its Endowment Fund. The purpose of these scholarships is to enable deserving students who are disabled (certifiable mobility impairment) to complete their college education and become productive citizens.

Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited two- or four-year institution in South Carolina. Preference will be given to South Carolina residents. Preference will be given to students carrying at least 9 hours and who are making satisfactory academic progress toward graduation. For purposes of these scholarships, disabled students are defined as those having some type of significant and medically certified mobility impairment. A statement from the physician will be required and must be dated within the past year. Annual scholarships will generally not exceed $1000. Financial need must be demonstrated by completion of the FAFSA.

Applications and additional information are available at: Easter Seals of SC.

This scholarship program is established to encourage more minorities to enter the teaching profession and awards two scholarships every year. $2000 goes to a student in their final year including student teaching. $1000 goes to a student who is a career changer entering the field of education. Students must provide a letter from the Dean of Education or designated representative, a letter of character reference and a transcript separately no later than the April 15th application deadline.

General Criteria:

  • Have an overall 3.0 GPA
  • Be a High School graduate or the equivalent
  • Submit a letter from the Dean of Education that the applicant has attained at least Junior status and met the required grade point average at the time of application for admittance into the teacher education program
  • Be a Minority or person of color in one of the following categories: American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic
  • Applicant must reside in one of the following states or be enrolled in a college or university in one of the following states: Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

American Association of School Personnel Administrators Leon Bradley Scholarship Program

The Lucile Parrish Ward Veterans Award and is being given by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Available to any veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States and whose service in the military caused a delay in the pursuit of a music career. The amount of the award is $2,000. Those eligible should have a high school diploma or GED. Also, applicant must have been accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in pursuit of an undergraduate degree, Masters Degree or Doctoral degree in the field of music.

Application forms may be downloaded from

Applicant must be a high school senior, high school graduate, or registered as an undergraduate student at an accredited college or post high school vocational/technical institution. (Scholarship awards are not available for graduate study.)

All applicants must be:

  • The son/daughter of an active duty or reserve U. S. Marine in good standing, OR
  • The son/daughter of a former U. S. Marine who has received an Honorable Discharge, Medical Discharge or was killed while serving in the Marine Corps, OR
  • The son/daughter of an active duty or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsman who is serving, or has served, with the U.S. Marine Corps, OR
  • The son/daughter of a former U.S. Navy Corpsman who has served with the U.S. Marine Corps and has received an Honorable Discharge, Medical Discharge, or was killed while serving in the U.S. Navy.

Applications available online at Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation or can be requested via e-mail at Deadline April 1.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
P.O. Box 3008
Princeton, NJ 08543-3008
Phone: (800) 292-7777
Fax: (609) 452-2259

The Mary Ella Ruff Nursing Scholarship program has been established in honor of Mary Ella Ruff, a model Self Regional nurse. The Mary Ella Ruff Nursing Scholarship awards scholarships annually to individuals planning to enroll in a certified nursing program in the State of South Carolina or to a practicing nurse who wishes to advance his or her professional skills.

The value of the scholarship is $1,000.00 and the number of scholarships awarded will be determined based on available funding at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

All applications will be accepted through March 31 and the scholarship winners will be announced on May 1.

Click here for an application.

The purpose of this award is to provide an annual scholarship to a rising sophomore, junior or senior S.C. resident who is enrolled in a four-year SC college or university and majoring in a business related field. A minimum GPA of 3.0 has been established. The amount of the annual scholarship is set by the Scholarship Committee and is presently $1000. Application deadline is March 9th. Applications are available by contacting: or the Palmetto Land Title Association at (803) 957-8415.

Administered by the Army Emergency Relief

Applicants must be:

  • Dependent children, stepchildren, or legally adopted children of Army soldiers on active duty, retired, or deceased while on active duty or after retirement.
  • Registered in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS).
  • Unmarried for the entire academic year.
  • Under the age of 22 on June 1st after the year for which you are applying.

Applications are available at

Application Deadline March 1.

The NIAF awards scholarships and grants to outstanding students for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups of students:

Category I: Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Area of study: open.

Category II: Students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies, or a related field. Students must demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements.

Scholarships range from $2000 to $5000.

The application is available on the website

Applications are due by April 30.

Each year, the NSF offers graduate research fellowships in a variety of areas. Deadline for application is in the first week of November, annually. For more information, please visit the NSF website.

Each year, the NPSC offers graduate doctoral fellowships in a variety of science and engineering areas. Deadline for application is November 5th, annually. Females and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Direct questions and requests to: National Physical Science Consortium
University Village, Suite E212
3375 South Hoover Street
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Phone: 800-854-NPSC or (213) 821-2409, fax (213) 821-2410

Parda’s Scholarship Program was established in 2006 to honor students who have shown scholastic excellence and leadership in their schools and communities. Parda is proud of our students and has provided $80,000 in scholarships to past recipients who have not only shown excellent scholastic achievement, but also embody the credit union philosophy of people helping people through their community work. This year, we are awarding 3 scholarships for our annual contest:


1st place: $2,500

2nd place: $1,500

3rd place: $1,000


Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Membership in Parda Credit Union is not required at the time of scholarship application. However, if you are selected you must become a member of Parda Credit Union before your scholarship is awarded.
  2. Applicants must submit an essay answer to one of the proposed questions in 1,000 words or less.
  3. Applicants must currently be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college, community college, university, U.S. trade or vocational school.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate participation in service to their school and/or community.
  5. Previous recipients and applicants are eligible to apply again if they still meet the eligibility criteria.


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  • South Carolina Resident.
  • Must be a Student majoring in Accounting or taxation at a South Carolina 2 or 4 year college.
  • Must be either a rising senior at a 4 year college /university or a rising second year student leading to an Associates Degree in Accounting at a 2 year college or technical college.
  • Average GPA no less than 3.0 overall (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Average GPA in accounting no less than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Applications must be received complete with all attachments by May 15 in order to be considered. Scholarships will be awarded in June for the Fall Semester. A check will be mailed to you, payable to your school, before September 1st. Recipients will be invited to attend the June luncheon of the South Carolina Tax Council, which will be held during the Summer Seminar. Amounts of scholarships range from $500 to $1,000. The total amount to be awarded each year is decided by the SCTC Board of Directors and depends upon the number of qualified applicants. Application available at

The National Federation of Music Clubs competition for the Stillman-Kelley Award will be held. The audition is open to pianists or orchestral instrumentalists. The South Carolina winner will receive the Cornelia Freeman Award of $200 and will submit a tape to the National Competition. The National first place award is $1,000; second place is $500 and separate Thelma Byrum award in piano is $300.Entrants must be US citizens and not have reached the 17th birthday be March 1. A fifteen - twenty minute program should be prepared from memory and orchestral instrumentalists must provide their own accompanists.

Applications and repertoire requirements are available by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Miss Margaret Beth Williamson
6408 Oakfield Rd.
Columbia, SC 29206

Applications are due by Feb. 1st.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of five scholarships valued up to forty thousand dollars each. Each scholarship would award a maximum of $10,000 annually to pay for tuition, books, fees and on-campus room and board. In order to be eligible, applicants must be the children of a parent who has died from breast cancer, live in Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Laurens, Greenville, Greenwood, Pickens, Oconee, McCormick, Spartanburg or Union county, exhibit financial need, and plan to attend a state-supported college in their state of residence. The mission of the Komen Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through research, education, screening, and treatment. The Foundation believes that breast cancer affects not only the individual. This Award is one way we recognize that affect and address the resulting needs.

The competition will be conducted through Komen Headquarters located in Dallas, Texas. The Upstate South Carolina Affiliate of the Komen Foundation will select a candidate from among applicants for the scholarship in the above stated service area. For an application, visit For information, call 864-298-CURE. Application Deadline February 15.

The Upstate South Carolina Affiliate of
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Unit C3
Greenville, SC 29607
864-298-CURE (298-2873)

Award: $3000 and $5000 scholarships to SC and GA residents from certain counties

Eligibility: See the website for a list of eligible counties.

Contact: For application procedures and a copy of the application go online to

The deadline for this scholarship is February 15.

WCFIBER is excited to provide high school seniors with two college scholarship opportunities. Submit the online application to apply for both the WCFIBER & FRS Scholarships. The FRS Scholarships are one-time scholarships that are various amounts based on the awarded scholarship. The WCTEL Scholarship is $8,000 total to be dispersed as $2,000/year for 4 consecutive years. 

Apply Here

Deadline is February 16.


Institutional Scholarship Eligibility Policy

All scholarship awards require full-time enrollment at Lander University unless otherwise specifically stated in the terms of the awards contract. Students may not receive scholarships for semesters in which they are enrolled less than full-time, nor will semesters of ineligibility be extended to the end of the academic career. Scholarships apply to the academic year only, exclusive of summer school, except where otherwise stated. Students may never receive any combination of scholarships, financial aid, and other awards that exceeds the total cost of attendance for the academic year. Departmental scholarships may reduce other Lander institutional aid. Students must remain in good standing with the Lander University Honor Code, as outlined in the Student Handbook.


Scholarship Renewal Policy

There are certain standards for renewal of Lander scholarships. Recipients must generally complete 24 semester hours each academic year, excluding Summer School, unless otherwise specifically stated in the terms of the awards contract. Recipients of all scholarships must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0, unless otherwise specifically stated in the terms of the awards contract. If a scholarship is renewable and the student maintains the required academic standards, the scholarship will be renewed automatically. Renewals are made in the spring of each year for the upcoming year. Students who fail to meet the renewal requirements will be granted the opportunity to appeal in writing. Scholarships are awarded for up to, but never exceeding, four years from the initial term of college enrollment.